Stay Safe and Prepared this Winter

A family walks through the snow: a woman, a man and a small child sitting on the man's shoulders.

December 06, 2022 | Tags: Wellness

Winter is an exciting time of year filled with holiday celebrations and fresh snowfalls. However, winter weather conditions can create hazardous situations. The best way to avoid any mishaps this winter weather season is to stay safe by being prepared.

Prepare Your Car

  • Check the air pressure in your tires and ensure each tire has enough tread to drive safely through the snow. Rotate or replace your tires if necessary.
  • Check your antifreeze levels and ensure your radiator system works properly.
  • Keep your gas tank full to prevent fuel lines from freezing and to ensure you have a way to keep your vehicle running for warmth in the rare case you become stranded.
  • Switch your windshield wiper fluid to a wintertime solution.
  • Keep an emergency kit in your car including a first-aid kit, water, snacks, blankets, batteries and a portable cell phone charger.

Prepare Your Home

  • Ensure your heating systems are working properly.
  • Review the manufacturer’s instructions and take note of safety precautions on any wood stoves, fireplaces or space heaters before use.
  • Check the batteries in your emergency detection devices, such as smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Clean out chimneys and fireplaces before use.
  • Stock up on extra non-perishable foods and medicines.
  • Sprinkle sand or cat litter on ice patches in your driveway to avoid slips.

Prepare Your Family

  • Make sure each member of your family is properly bundled up before heading out in the cold. This includes hats, gloves, scarves, thick socks, boots, etc.
  • When participating in outdoor activities, check the air temperature and wind chill beforehand.
  • Always keep a charged cell phone with you when venturing outside and avoid going out by yourself unless necessary.
  • Keep pets indoors whenever possible.
  • Be prepared for an emergency and know the signs of frostbite and hypothermia.

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Sources: CDC